The UN Security Council has imposed a UN-wide asset freeze and travel ban on six rival commanders from South Sudan, the first people to be listed by the UN for threatening the peace and stability of the world’s newest state (see blog on the creation of its sanctions committee here). The listings of the 6 commanders were proposed by the US in late June, co-sponsored by the UK and France, and with no objections voiced by other members of the Security Council by yesterday’s deadline they have now come into force.
Government commander Major-General Chanuong Yol Mangok is accused of “the slaughter of Nuer civilians in and around Juba, many of whom were buried in mass graves”, and is joined by Lieutenant-General Jok Riak, and Major-General Santino Deng. On the rebel side, Major-General Peter Gadet is said to have targeted “civilians, including women, in April 2014 during an assault on Bentiu, including targeted killings on the basis of ethnicity”. He is joined by commanders Major-General Gatwech Dual, and Major-General Koang Chuol.
In listing the 6 people the UN has joined the US and EU, who have already imposed sanctions on rival commanders in the country (see previous blog). Following the UN listings, OFAC has also added Lieutenant-General Jok Riak and Major-General Gatwech Dual to its list of Specially Designated Nationals, where they join the 4 other commanders who were listed previously (US Treasury press release here).
HM Treasury’s notice is here.